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  • Officials: Gray Whale Killed With Machine Gun Off Washington Coast

    09/10/2007 7:28:51 AM PDT · by stm · 30 replies · 1,561+ views
    Fox News ^ | 10 Sep 07 | AP
    NEAH BAY, Wash. — A California gray whale that was harpooned and shot with a machine gun off the western tip of Washington state has died, officials said. Coast Guard Petty Officer Kelly Parker said five people believed to be members of the Makah Tribe shot and harpooned the whale Saturday morning. Petty Officer Shawn Eggert said the whale disappeared beneath the surface in the evening, dragging buoys that had been attached to the harpoon, and did not resurface. A biologist working for the Makah Indian tribe declared it dead, Eggert said. Tribe members were being held by the Coast...
  • Calif. Gray Whale Shot With Machine Gun

    09/09/2007 6:30:36 AM PDT · by Mr. Brightside · 98 replies · 2,425+ views
    AP ^ | 9/9/07
    Today: September 09, 2007 at 5:5:7 PDT Calif. Gray Whale Shot With Machine Gun NEAH BAY, Wash. (AP) - An injured California gray whale was swimming out to sea Saturday after being shot with a machine gun off the western tip of Washington state, officials said. Coast Guard Petty Officer Kelly Parker said five people believed to be members of the Makah Tribe shot and harpooned the whale Saturday morning. The extent of the whale's injuries were not immediately known. Tribe members were being held by the Coast Guard but had not been charged, said Mark Oswell, a spokesman for...
  • Whale dies after shooting, harpooning by Makah

    09/09/2007 11:36:32 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 37 replies · 892+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | September 9, 2007 | BRAD WONG, MIKE BARBER AND PAUL SHUKOVSKY
    A gray whale died Saturday night, several hours after Makah tribal members harpooned and shot the animal. The men shot the whale without federal permission. Coast Guard Petty Officer Kelly Parker confirmed the harpooning by five tribal members. The whale was one mile east of Neah Bay, in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, about a half-mile off shore The Coast Guard detained the five tribal members and questioned them, said Mark Oswell, a National Marine Fisheries Service spokesman. They later were released to the tribe, who placed them into custody at the tribal jail, according to the mother of...
  • Whale shot off Washington Coast

    09/08/2007 6:37:00 PM PDT · by djf · 72 replies · 1,913+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 9/8/2007 | AP
    NEAH BAY, Wash. (AP) — An injured California gray whale was swimming out to sea Saturday after being shot with a machine gun off the western tip of Washington state, officials said. Coast Guard Petty Officer Kelly Parker said five people believed to be members of the Makah Tribe shot and harpooned the whale Saturday morning. The extent of the whale's injuries were not immediately known. Tribe members were being held by the Coast Guard but had not been charged, said Mark Oswell, a spokesman for the law enforcement arm of the National Marine Fisheries Service. A preliminary report said...
  • Will A U.N. Navy Defend America?

    08/28/2007 3:16:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 62 replies · 1,229+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | August 28, 2007 | Cliff Kincaid
    Lee Hamilton, the former Democratic Congressman from Indiana, reports in an August 27 column in the Indianapolis Star that the Senate will vote in September whether to join the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The treaty, the most comprehensive and potentially dangerous ever devised, would dramatically affect the ability of the U.S. to compete for oil and gas and precious minerals in the oceans of the world. The New York Times is the latest liberal paper to endorse the treaty, arguing in an August 25 editorial that "unless the United States joins up, it could very...
  • Will oceans surge 59 centimetres this century - or 25 metres?

    LONDON -- When Al Gore predicted that climate change could lead to a 20-foot rise in sea levels, critics called him alarmist. After all, the International Panel on Climate Change, which receives input from top scientists, estimates surges of only 18 to 59 centimetres in the next century. But a study led by James Hansen, the head of the climate science program at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York and a professor at Columbia University, suggests that current estimates for how high the seas could rise are way off the mark -...
  • Surfers Stop Superferry in Hawaii

    08/27/2007 7:51:24 AM PDT · by SmithL · 26 replies · 1,347+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 8/27/7 | DAVID BRISCOE, Associated Press Writer
    Honolulu (AP) -- The Coast Guard helped clear protesters who briefly disrupted the second voyage of Hawaii's first-ever passenger ferry service among the Hawaiian islands, but the fight over the ship's environmental impact is far from over. The Hawaii Superferry made two packed trips Sunday — two days ahead of schedule — after the state Supreme Court ruled last week that the state should have required an environmental report before the ferry launched. State transportation officials, noting that the court didn't explicitly say the ship couldn't run, still allowed the service to start. A dozen protesters on surfboards blocked the...
  • Task force in Ore. to recommend fate of predatory sea lions (OR & WA)

    08/25/2007 3:23:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 59 replies · 800+ views
    OregonLive.com ^ | August 25, 2007 | Joseph B. Frazier-AP
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — To Columbia River tribes, California sea lions are salmon-gobbling menaces that have outgrown their need for federal protection, threaten tribal livelihoods and fly in the face of treaty rights. Animal rights advocates see them as a politically convenient scapegoat used to explain dwindling salmon runs when the real problems lie elsewhere. On Sept. 4 a broad-based federal task force meets here to make a recommendation to NOAA Fisheries as to whether to allow some sea lions, protected under the 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act, to be killed to take pressure off salmon runs. In recent years...
  • Flatter Oceans May Have Caused 1920s Sea Rise

    08/24/2007 1:34:56 PM PDT · by blam · 25 replies · 890+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 8-24-2007 | Catherine Brahic
    Flatter oceans may have caused 1920s sea rise 17:53 24 August 2007 NewScientist.com news service Catherine Brahic The movement of a colossal "mounds" of water in the North Atlantic and Pacific oceans may have caused sea levels to suddenly begin rising more quickly in the 1920s, researchers say. Their analysis presents a more complex picture of sea-level change and suggests that the rate of change has been more dramatic than previously thought. Data collected using tidal gauges dotted along the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines during the late 19th and 20th centuries suggest that sea levels suddenly began rising more quickly...
  • Saltier North Atlantic Should Give Currents A Boost

    08/23/2007 4:36:19 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 617+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 8-23-2007 | Catherine Brahic
    Saltier North Atlantic should give currents a boost 13:12 23 August 2007 NewScientist.com news service Catherine Brahic The surface waters of the North Atlantic are getting saltier, suggests a new study of records spanning over 50 years. And this might actually be good news for the effects of climate change on global ocean currents in the short-term, say the study's researchers. This is because saltier waters in the upper levels of the North Atlantic ocean may mean that the global ocean conveyor belt – the vital piece of planetary plumbing which some scientists fear may slow down because of global...
  • Scientists ask: Where have all the dolphins gone?

    08/22/2007 1:31:26 PM PDT · by oblomov · 64 replies · 1,389+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 8/22/2007 | AP
    Sightings by marine scientists of dolphins in the north Atlantic's Bay of Biscay have dropped off by 80 percent compared to the same period in 2006, a wildlife conservation group said Wednesday. The alarming drop in numbers of the Bay's three most common species of dolphin -- the striped, bottlenose and common -- can be attributed to one or both of two causes, Clive Martin, senior wildlife officer for the Biscay Dolphin Research Programme, told AFP. "We know for a fact that by-catch is killing thousands of dolphins every year," he said, referring to commercial fishing operations in the bay,...
  • Barnegat Bay welcomes old friends, Pelicans make their home in New Jersey's fragile waterway

    08/21/2007 6:53:55 PM PDT · by Coleus · 11 replies · 264+ views
    star ledger ^ | August 16, 2007 | JUDY PEET
    On a small island in Barnegat Bay, hundreds of birds that didn't exist in New Jersey 30 years ago bask in the summer sun. Suddenly, they all take flight, oddly elegant and vaguely prehistoric, with 6-foot wing spans and the most recognizable bills in the animal kingdom. They are brown pelicans, described by naturalist John James Audubon as one of America's "most interesting birds." They are also one of the Jersey shore's newest residents, joining other top-of -the-food-chain bird predators including the peregrine falcon, the osprey and the royal tern to form a new avian golden age on Barnegat Bay....
  • Norway calls for end to Arctic claims

    08/17/2007 6:36:02 PM PDT · by JohnA · 15 replies · 623+ views
    abc.net.au ^ | 2007/08/18 | BBC
    Russia recently planted a flag under the North Pole. (Reuters: Reuters Television) Norway has called on countries with land bordering the Arctic region to stop the race to claim sovereignty over the region's vast mineral resources. Two weeks ago, a Russian mission to the North Pole planted a Russian flag on the Arctic sea-bed, while Denmark and the United States have sent expeditions to the region. But Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere says there are established procedures to deal with the issue. "If anybody is under the belief that we solve this by racing up there with flags or...
  • Heads Or Whales?

    08/07/2007 6:27:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 550+ views
    IBD ^ | August 7, 2007
    National Security: A judge has told the Navy that it cannot use high-powered sonar in its training exercises off the California coast. Saving marine animals, it seems, is more important than protecting American lives. The Navy has 11 training exercises scheduled for Southern California waters over the next two years. Part of the training focuses on the use of mid-frequency sonar which is strong enough to track even the quietest submarines. Environmentalists, however, believe the sonar harms marine life. They say there are several cases in which the sonar caused whales to panic and beach themselves, including an incident in...
  • Fisherman arrested for stabbing sea lion

    07/28/2007 3:15:02 PM PDT · by george76 · 113 replies · 2,352+ views
    A 24-year-old angler has been arrested in California for allegedly stabbing a sea lion with a steak knife after the animal stole bait off his fishing pole. Injuries to the 6-foot-long, female mammal were so severe she had to be euthanized several hours after the attack, the Los Angeles Times said Saturday. Hai Nguyen, who was being held at Newport Beach Jail on $20,000 bail, is expected to be arraigned early next week on a charge of felony cruelty to animals. Nguyen could face a $25,000 fine and up to a year in prison if convicted. The U.S. attorney's office...
  • Voracious jumbo squid invade California (Humboldt squid — or Dosidicus gigas)

    07/24/2007 8:39:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 1,051+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/24/07 | AP
    MONTEREY, Calif. - Jumbo squid that can grow up to 7 feet long and weigh more than 110 pounds is invading central California waters and preying on local anchovy, hake and other commercial fish populations, according to a study published Tuesday. An aggressive predator, the Humboldt squid — or Dosidicus gigas — can change its eating habits to consume the food supply favored by tuna and sharks, its closest competitors, according to an article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal. "Having a new, voracious predator set up shop here in California may be yet another...
  • Imports Fuel Push for U.S. Ocean Fish Farms

    07/22/2007 7:17:08 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 5 replies · 469+ views
    The Gainsville Sun ^ | July 22, 2007 | By CORY REISS
    Fishermen who offload at Shrimp Landing in Crystal River could share the Gulf of Mexico someday with huge cages growing what they now go out and catch. Robert Gill, owner of the fish house and commercial dock, said fishermen might fret about competition from fish farming if they weren't so worried about dwindling domestic stocks and rising imports that now account for 80 percent of seafood on American plates. About half those imports come from foreign fish farms. The United States shares less than 1 percent of a $70 billion global aquaculture business. To Gill that means the United States...
  • Al Gore's fish dinner turns out green

    07/19/2007 11:32:44 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 51 replies · 1,698+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 12:01am BST 19/07/2007 | By Catherine Elsworth
    Al Gore, the world's most high profile green campaigner, was at the centre of an embarrassing row yesterday after the serving of a rare fish at his daughter's Beverly Hills wedding. Model of a Patagonian toothfish or Chilean sea bass Just one week after Live Earth, his global musical spectacular to raise awareness of environmental issues, the former vice-president attended a rehearsal dinner for his daughter's marriage that featured Chilean sea bass. Sarah Gore, 28, a medical student, was married to the Los Angeles businessman Bill Lee at the Beverly Hills Hotel on July 14. The night before the wedding,...
  • Gore's message loses bite (FREE REPUBLIC points out hypocrisy before Humane Society!)

    07/17/2007 4:49:51 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 540+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 07/17/07 | Rebecca Keeble
    ONLY one week after Live Earth, Al Gore's green credentials slipped while hosting his daughter's wedding in Beverly Hills. Gore and his guests at the weekend ceremony dined on Chilean sea bass - arguably one of the world's most threatened fish species. Also known as Patagonian toothfish, the species is under pressure from illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing activities in the Southern Ocean, jeopardising the sustainability of remaining stocks. The species is currently managed by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Living Marine Resources, the body which introduced a catch and trade documentation scheme as an attempt to tackle...
  • Gore's message loses bite (Served endangered species at daughter's wedding)

    07/17/2007 4:42:38 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 70 replies · 2,522+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (Australia) ^ | July 18, 2007 12:00am | Rebecca Keeble
    ONLY one week after Live Earth, Al Gore's green credentials slipped while hosting his daughter's wedding in Beverly Hills. Gore and his guests at the weekend ceremony dined on Chilean sea bass - arguably one of the world's most threatened fish species. Also known as Patagonian toothfish, the species is under pressure from illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing activities in the Southern Ocean, jeopardising the sustainability of remaining stocks. The species is currently managed by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Living Marine Resources, the body which introduced a catch and trade documentation scheme as an attempt to...
  • Coral "shuffle" helps reefs survive warmer world: study

    07/14/2007 4:16:06 PM PDT · by Daralundy · 7 replies · 306+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | Friday, July 14, 2007
    Coral "shuffle" helps reefs survive warmer world: study SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Great Barrier Reef might be able to survive warming sea temperatures, as a result of global warming, better than first thought because some coral algae are more heat tolerant, Australian scientists said. Coral geneticists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science have found that many corals store several types of algae, which can improve their capacity to cope with warmer water. "This work shatters the popular view that only a small percentage of corals have the potential to respond to warmer conditions by shuffling live-in algal partners," said...
  • Warming causing gray whales to lose weight, say scientists

    07/12/2007 5:46:35 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 44 replies · 761+ views
    Breitbart.com ^ | 7-12-07 | Breitbart
    Scientists on the US Pacific coast are increasingly observing emaciated gray whales in what they fear is a sign that global warming is wreaking havoc in the whales' Bering Sea summer feeding grounds. The scientists fear that the same phenomenon is cutting back reproduction in the Pacific whale population to the point it could be facing a new crisis, after recovering in the mid-1990s and graduating from the endangered species list. "The gray whales are migrating later, not going as far north, and are producing fewer calves," Steven Swartz, head researcher with the National Marine Fisheries Service told AFP. Swartz,...
  • Contracepting the environment – Effect of birth-control pills in the poisoning of streams...

    07/11/2007 7:13:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies · 1,891+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | 7/11/2007 | Wayne Laugesen
    Contracepting the environment – Effect of birth-control pills in the poisoning of streams leave environmentalists mum By Wayne Laugesen7/11/2007 National Catholic RegisterBOULDER, Colo. (National Catholic Register) – When EPA-funded scientists at the University of Colorado studied fish in a pristine mountain stream known as Boulder Creek two years ago, they were shocked. Randomly netting 123 trout and other fish downstream from the city’s sewer plant, they found that 101 were female, 12 were male and 10 were strange “intersex” fish with male and female features. It’s “the first thing that I’ve seen as a scientist that really scared me,”...
  • Curious creature caught off Keahole Point

    07/05/2007 5:37:00 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 66 replies · 2,595+ views
    Star Bulletin ^ | 7-5-07 | Brittany P. Yap
    "The animal, dubbed an "octosquid," is found off the Big Isle"
  • famous as a sandcastle haven, city also dubbed 'DEATH BEACH'

    07/05/2007 4:01:26 PM PDT · by television is just wrong · 12 replies · 859+ views
    Onsandiego.com ^ | 7/5/2007 | Janine Zuniga
    IMPERIAL BEACH – Imperial Beach has been named the second best place in the country to build a sandcastle and one of the nation's “Death Beaches.” These vastly different views of the most southwesterly city in the continental United States were published within a month of each other. Coastal Living magazine, in its August issue, advises readers to “see the winning, ephemeral works of art before they wash away” but Forbes magazine warns that “these waters, and their bacteria, can literally make you sick.” Forbes highlighted Imperial Beach in an article in its July “Death Beaches” issue, citing the poor...
  • Rare Pink Dolphin Seen in Louisiana Lake

    07/03/2007 3:25:05 PM PDT · by quark · 57 replies · 2,473+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | 07/03/2007 | Fox News
    It's sleek, fast, cute — and pink. A charter-boat captain from Lake Charles, La., photographed a rare pink dolphin a couple of weeks ago in Calcasieu Lake, an estuary just north of the Gulf of Mexico in southwestern Louisiana. According to Calcasieu Charter Service's Web site, Capt. Erik Rue was on the lake June 24 with fishing customers when five dolphins came into view — four normal-looking gray ones, and a bright pink one that appeared to be an adolescent. There is a species of pink dolphin that lives in the Amazon River in South America, but this one appears...
  • Freaky fish turns up far inland

    07/01/2007 6:18:41 PM PDT · by traumer · 51 replies · 3,168+ views
    As soon as he viewed the photo - those fanglike teeth, like something out of a horror movie - John Lundberg knew what the mystery creature was. "Once you see one of these things, you don't forget it," says Lundberg, curator of fishes at the Academy of Natural Sciences. It was a wolf eel, a 6-foot-long - docile, despite appearances - inhabitant of deep waters off the North Atlantic coast, including New Jersey. The puzzle: How did the smelly, half-decomposed specimen get to a fox den in Hunterdon County? Susan Goeckeler had been walking with her dogs on her...
  • Found: The Clearest Ocean Waters On Earth

    06/29/2007 1:57:31 PM PDT · by blam · 30 replies · 3,117+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 6-29-2007 | Catherine Brahic
    Found: The clearest ocean waters on Earth 12:38 29 June 2007 NewScientist.com news service Catherine Brahic As clear as the clearest lakes on the planet, salty as ocean waters, and roughly the size of the Mediterranean – this, say researchers, is the clearest and most lifeless patch of ocean in the world. And it is in the middle of the Pacific. "Satellite images that track the amount of chlorophyll in ocean waters suggested that this was one of the most life-poor systems on Earth," explains Patrick Raimbault of the University of the Mediterranean, in Marseille, France. In October 2004, Raimbault...
  • Thousands of rubber ducks to land on British shores after 15 year journey(E Pacific to N Atlantic)

    06/28/2007 7:57:54 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies · 3,511+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 06/27/07 | BEN CLERKIN
    Thousands of rubber ducks to land on British shores after 15 year journeyBy BEN CLERKIN - More by this author »Last updated at 22:00pm on 27th June 2007 Comments (9)They were toys destined only to bob up and down in nothing bigger than a child's bath - but so far they have floated halfway around the world. The armada of 29,000 plastic yellow ducks, blue turtles and green frogs broke free from a cargo ship 15 years ago. Since then they have travelled 17,000 miles, floating over the site where the Titanic sank, landing in Hawaii and even spending years...
  • U.S. blasts plan to dump iron dust in sea to absorb CO2

    06/19/2007 6:58:34 PM PDT · by fanfan · 75 replies · 2,521+ views
    Canada.com/Ottawa citizen ^ | June 19, 2007 | Kelly Patterson,
    Proposal to boost plant life not a proven tactic to combat global warming, officials say A clash with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is threatening to scuttle a U.S. company's plan to "seed" the Pacific Ocean with iron dust to offset global warming. Planktos Inc., which has offices in Vancouver and San Francisco, wants to set sail this month from Florida to dump more than 45 tonnes of iron dust into the sea near the Galapagos Islands. The iron nutrients would stimulate the growth of phytoplankton, which would then absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide -- an experimental process...
  • A royal crustacean jackpot(Rare blue lobster found in Conn. avoids usual fate)

    06/12/2007 10:01:55 AM PDT · by GQuagmire · 15 replies · 617+ views
    Boston Globe via AP ^ | 6/12/07 | MILTON MOORE
    A crustacean with a royal blue shell won the equivalent of the lobster lottery, avoiding the usual fate of boiling water and butter because of its brilliant hue.
  • Governor's bill aims to cap ocean development

    06/10/2007 11:50:00 AM PDT · by Vob · 8 replies · 503+ views
    The Register ^ | 03/24/2005 | Doreen Leggett
    "Right now, our ocean waters are vulnerable to unplanned development. We want to avoid a Wild West shootout, where projects are permitted on a first come, first served basis," Romney said in a statement. "The only way to protect our beautiful offshore environment is with comprehensive ocean zoning reform."
  • Two men caught in lobster traps

    03/20/2007 7:26:13 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 20 replies · 639+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 20, 2007 | Louis Sahagun
    **Suspecting poaching in a marine reserve, game wardens set up a sting. ** The battleship-gray fishing boat roared past in the dead of night with its running lights off, catching the attention of game wardens patrolling the open ocean just outside Los Angeles Harbor. An onboard inspection turned up hundreds of California spiny lobsters — prized for their sweet flavor and meaty tails — but the skipper's story about where he caught them didn't seem to hold water. The edgy encounter in early January prompted an elaborate undercover operation featuring an array of sophisticated tactics — including divers plunging into...
  • Ship Slices Another Endangered Whale

    01/11/2007 9:52:29 AM PST · by Vote 4 Nixon · 34 replies · 1,047+ views
    www.livescience.com ^ | 03 January 2007 | LiveScience Staff
    A rare North Atlantic right whale was lacerated multiple times and killed by a ship off the Georgia coast last week, causing scientists to again sound the alarm on these endangered creatures. Fewer than 400 North Atlantic right whales exist. In 2006, six were found dead, four of which had been killed by ships and one of which became entangled in fishing gear. The whales spend summers in the north and migrate down the East Coast in late fall to calving grounds off the coast of Georgia and Florida. On Dec. 30, researchers spotted the latest dead whale about 10...
  • CA: Coastal Commission headed by developer

    01/01/2007 12:57:43 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 718+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 1/1/07 | Terry Roberts
    For the first time in its 34-year history, the state Coastal Commission has chosen a developer to be its chairman. Multimillionaire builder William Patrick Kruer of San Diego was recently selected by his peers to lead the powerful agency, which oversees land use along California's 1,100-mile coastline. So why aren't environmentalists ranting about a fox being chosen to watch the hen house? Because they consider Kruer – who has a reputation as a political moderate – to be friendly, fair-minded and accessible. In fact, it's hard to find anyone who doesn't. But the commission is a high-stakes, survival-of-the-fittest political arena....
  • No Apparent End to Oceanic Revelations, Researchers Find

    12/13/2006 9:50:28 AM PST · by RunningWolf · 7 replies · 474+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12-11-2006 (updated 12-12-2006) | Randolph E. Schmid
    Animals seem to have found a way to make a living just about everywhere," said Jesse Ausubel of the Sloan Foundation, discussing the findings of year six of the census of marine life. Added Ron O'Dor, a senior scientist with the census: "We can't find anyplace where we can't find anything new." This year's update, released Sunday, is part of a study of life in the oceans that is scheduled for final publication in 2010. The census is an international effort supported by governments, divisions of the United Nations and private conservation organizations. About 2,000 researchers from 80 countries are...
  • Rising Sea Level Big Concern Along S.C.

    12/07/2006 4:18:56 PM PST · by decimon · 80 replies · 1,513+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 07, 2006 | Unknown
    CHARLESTON, S.C. - Global warming and a rise in sea levels could dramatically affect South Carolina's coast, according to scientists and environmental officials meeting at a conference in Charleston this week. The rising ocean is "going to shave off a ton of landscape along the coast," which could drown marshes that act as buffers for storm surge, raising the likelihood of major flooding when the next hurricane hits, said Jim Morris, marine studies professor at the University of South Carolina and director of its Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences. Morris was at the Southeast Regional Workshop...
  • Southern Ocean Could Slow Global Warming

    12/05/2006 3:41:48 PM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 514+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 12-5-2006 | University Of Arizona
    Southern Ocean Could Slow Global Warming The Southern Ocean may slow the rate of global warming by absorbing significantly more heat and carbon dioxide than previously thought, according to new research. This image shows the oceans and continents that surround Antarctica. The tip of South America is on the upper left, the tip of Africa is at the upper right and Australia is at the bottom right. The ocean colors indicate temperature, with the darkest blue indicating the coldest water. The black arrows show the direction the Southern Hemisphere westerly winds and the Antarctic Circumpolar Current take as they swirl...
  • Northern California ocean policies to get a rewrite

    12/04/2006 1:50:29 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 4 replies · 270+ views
    Mercury News ^ | December 4, 2006 | Paul Rogers
    Monterey Sanctuary May Grow 14% When the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary was set up 14 years ago, banning oil drilling along 276 miles of the California coast from the Golden Gate to Hearst Castle, environmentalists were thrilled. But other worries have risen to take oil's place -- from polluted runoff, cruise ship sewage and personal watercraft, or jet skis, to a sea otter population struggling with disease. Now, for the first time since Congress and President George H.W. Bush established the sanctuary in 1992, federal officials are rewriting its management plan -- crafting a new rule book for Northern...
  • Endangered Manatee Spotted Off R.I. [ANOTHER Huge Manatee Alert!]

    08/21/2006 8:40:55 AM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 246+ views
    AP ^ | 8/21/6
    Warwick, R.I. (AP) -- An endangered manatee made a rare appearance in Rhode Island waters during the weekend, a state Department of Environmental Management official said. The manatee was seen Sunday in Greenwich Bay off the coast of Warwick. The large marine mammals are usually found only in the warm waters of Florida and the Carolinas. DEM dispatcher Michael Mahoney said the manatee seen in Rhode Island appeared healthy.
  • Biologists discover giant exotic oysters in San Francisco Bay

    08/18/2006 1:32:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 596+ views
    Biologists have discovered giant invasive oysters that could threaten efforts to restore native oyster species in San Francisco Bay. Government staffers and volunteers removed 256 of the exotic mollusks last week after searching the mudflats between the Dumbarton Bridge and the San Leandro Marina, biologists said Thursday. Scientists have not identified the species, which grow up to 9 inches long and in a variety of shapes. They don't know how the exotic oysters got here or how they could affect the bay if their population expands. Biologists are concerned the monster oysters could take over the best habitat and form...
  • Test-Tube Coral Babies May Mend Reefs

    08/18/2006 12:46:17 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 6 replies · 408+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 17, 2006 | Associated Press
    KEY LARGO, Fla. — Marine scientists hope "test-tube coral babies" will take root to help restore a tract of reef ravaged by a 1984 ship grounding in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. A team of University of Miami marine science researchers is collecting coral eggs and sperm all this week during an annual reproductive ritual, dubbed coral spawning. Looking like an upside-down, underwater snowstorm, most corals in the Keys, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean release eggs and sperm into the water a few days after the full moon in August. In the wild, eggs and sperm randomly mix...
  • Done Fishing

    08/17/2006 7:00:33 PM PDT · by claudiustg · 49 replies · 869+ views
    Monterey County Weekly ^ | Aug 17, 2006 | Ryan Masters
    With armed Fish and Game wardens lining the Beach Resort Monterey conference room and allegations of physical threats casting a pall over the proceedings, the Fish and Game Commission slowly drew a patchwork net of preferred packages to create a comprehensive network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) for the state’s Central Coast Region on Tuesday night. The commissioners argued and compromised into the night, creating a divisive but historic blueprint for coastal resource management. After public comment from about 140 individuals, the commission created a proposal that includes 29 MPAs covering 204 square miles. The selected proposal is a patchwork...
  • Catch of the day: Rare tentacle

    08/17/2006 1:23:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies · 320+ views
    fisherman snags a rare catch in the Santa Barbara Channel, a tentacle belonging to a giant squid. The 13-foot-long tentacle was found floating near Santa Cruz Island last week. Little is known about the species, it is only the fourth confirmed specimen ever found in Southern California. "They are definitely present off our coast, they are probably not very common here and they probably live in deep water, this one here was caught near the Santa Cruz Basin, which is several thousand feet deep," said Eric Hochberg, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Curator. The tentacle likely surfaced after the...
  • California selects plan to protect ocean wildlife

    08/15/2006 10:34:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 413+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/15/06 | Marcus Wohlsen - ap
    A network of reserves to protect California's rich array of marine wildlife moved closer to becoming a reality on Tuesday after a state panel selected a plan to put large swaths of coastal waters off-limits to fishing. The Fish and Game Commission voted at a packed meeting in Monterey to ban both commercial and recreational fishing across more than 200 square miles between Santa Barbara and Half Moon Bay, just south of San Francisco. The plan still must undergo a final environmental review before it goes into effect. The new protected areas likely would not become official until at least...
  • Warning Sign? Some scientists say....ominous future

    08/14/2006 9:19:28 AM PDT · by palmer · 42 replies · 1,383+ views
    Daily Herald ^ | Monday, August 14, 2006 | Associated Press
    FARALLON NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Calif. On these craggy, remote islands west of San Francisco, the largest seabird colony in the contiguous United States throbs with life. Seagulls swarm so thick that visitors must yell to be heard above their cries. Pelicans glide. But the steep decline of one bird species for the second straight year has rekindled scientists fears that global warming could be undermining the coastal food supply, threatening not just the Farallones but entire marine ecosystems. [blah blah blah] Climatologists describe global warming as a worldwide rise in temperatures caused by the buildup of carbon dioxide and other...
  • The Sea Stings Back [global warming alert]

    08/14/2006 8:03:24 AM PDT · by mathprof · 13 replies · 550+ views
    time europe ^ | 8/21/06 | LISA ABEND AND GEOFF PINGREE
    How a plague of jellyfish is ruining the Mediterranean beach holiday. Is it another sign of Global Warming? Stifling heat, sunburn — to the peculiar pleasures of Spain's beaches in August, add the sting of the jellyfish. In the last couple of weeks, fleets of bloblike Pelagia noctiluca have reached beaches from Barcelona to Málaga. In Catalonia alone, the Red Cross has treated 14,044 bathers for the painful stings. Local governments in Benidorm and elsewhere have posted signs in three languages warning of the dangers. The Interior Ministry has publicized advice for those who are stung — wash the affected...
  • CA: Island fish zone may grow -Federal plan would double protected areas (232 sq mi MarineSanctuary)

    08/12/2006 7:29:43 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 9 replies · 347+ views
    Ventura County Star ^ | August 12, 2006 | Tamara Koehler and Michelle Klampet
    Federal officials released a proposal Friday to double the size of protected waters within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary — a plan they say will help restore sea life and have minimal effect on the local fishing industry. The draft plan, written by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is the latest piece of a state and federal seven-year effort to preserve essential fish habitat circling the chain of islands. The protected areas of the Channel Islands make up the largest marine reserve network on the West Coast. The new boundaries would add 141 square nautical miles to restricted...
  • California plan creates vast network of no-fishing zones off coast

    08/12/2006 7:05:23 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 50 replies · 751+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | Aug. 12, 2006 | Paul Rogers
    After six years of political debate and scientific study, California is poised Tuesday to become the first state in the nation to create a broad network of "no fishing" zones off its coast... The idea is simple, and based on one of the leading new trends in marine biology. Provide fish a rest from hooks and nets, scientists say, in certain key spots known as "marine protected areas" and they will grow bigger and more numerous. The hope is that they'll eventually restock kelp forests, rocky underwater canyons and the rest of the ocean along the state's coastline. The California...
  • Oceans in Crisis, but U.S. Slow to Act (not that's just our problem!)

    08/10/2006 9:20:51 AM PDT · by cogitator · 14 replies · 526+ views
    ENS ^ | August 7, 2006 | J.R. Pegg
    WASHINGTON, DC, August 7, 2006 (ENS) – The federal government is failing to respond to alarming evidence that the oceans are in crisis, ocean experts told a Senate panel last week. Two years after a federal commission called on the Bush administration and Congress to aggressively overhaul the nation's ocean policy, key recommendations have not been implemented and critical ocean research efforts face deep funding cuts. The state of the oceans is not good and "is getting worse," said Leon Panetta, a former California Congressman and cochair of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative. Pollution, overfishing and coastal runoff are damaging...